CARES can make a difference. CARES helps communities measure performance and identify how to improve cardiac arrest survival rates. By joining CARES, communities gain more than just access to information that will help them improve performance and save lives. They also contribute to one of the largest EMS registries in the world, and one of the few that also includes patient outcome information from hospitals. Those features enable CARES data to be used to conduct vital research that furthers our knowledge of cardiac arrest treatment and saves countless lives for years to come.


Benefits of joining CARES:
  • Join a network of communities working together to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest
  • Compare your community to local, state, and national performance and discover ways to improve your emergency medical system's response to cardiac arrest
  • Use simple, HIPAA-compliant, web-based software to link EMS and hospital data, creating a single record for each OHCA event
  • Access multiple real-time reporting features, including charts, graphs, and tables for use in reports, presentations, and more
  • Receive training and ongoing support from CARES staff to get the most out of participation, including one-on-one consultation to review your community's annual report and comparison to national benchmarks
 

The administration of epinephrine has been part of the resuscitation of patients with cardiac arrest since the 1960s. Despite decades of epinephrine use, data on the benefit of the drug comes primarily from conflicting observational studies with a high risk of bias. 

Concern about the use of epinephrine as a treatment for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest led the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation to call for a placebo-controlled trial to determine whether the use of epinephrine is safe and effective in such patients. 

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